The Wardrobe Architect’s Utility Dress

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This month I had the pleasure of sewing up the brand new Utility Dress pattern! I used a gorgeous spotty chambray from Doughty’s and I think this is a wonderful pattern and fabric combination!

The Utility Dress is a relaxed style with kimono sleeves, a sleeve cuff, elasticated rear waistband, gently pleated front bodice and skirt and drawstring. This makes it sound like it has a lot going on, but it combines really well to make a very wearable everyday dress.

I love the elasticated back waistband with drawstring at the front, it makes it comfy and flattering. Elasticated waistbands all around can sometimes look a little bulky, but this has the best of both. The drawstring allows the waist to be pulled tighter as required.

I graded out two sizes at the hips as the skirt is straight. The straight skirt has proven very useful in a breeze, as unlike lots of my other dresses it doesn’t blow up! I also did a very narrow hem to keep as much length as possible.

The top half of the dress is a loose fit so it can be pulled on over the head. There are no fastenings needed to get in and out of this.

I added a button placket to the front bodice so that I can wear this dress whilst I’m still breastfeeding. It was really easy to do, though I didn’t make the neatest job of it. If anyone is interested I can do a tutorial of how I did this.

I have been wearing this dress almost everyday since I finished it. The sleeves are lovely a breezy, which is great in this heatwave! I love the silhouette, I think it’s flattering and effortless.

The fabric was a dream to work with and even nicer to wear. In these photos I’ve been wearing the dress all day and it’s resisting creases really well. I know this dress will get so much wear over the summer!

Jenny x

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